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Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness (OSHO Classics) by [Osho]
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In this extraordinary series of talks, Osho lays out a clear understanding of the difference between mind and consciousness, and the role that the brain plays in the two - a realm that Western science has been struggling to define for decades, but that Zen has known for centuries through first-hand experience. Along the way he also sheds light on the differences between meditation as practice and as a state of being, and what choiceless awareness really means in everyday life and relating.
The Hsin Hsin Ming, Verses on the Faith-Mind by Sosan [Seng-t'san] the third Chinese patriarch of Zen, is considered to be the first Chinese Zen document. As such, it is extraordinarily straightforward in its message, cutting straight to the point of what Zen practice really is and where it aims to take the practitioner - to a state of thought-free awareness in the present moment, without judgment or attachment: "If you wish to see the truth," these verses begin, "then hold no opinion for or against.... The struggle of what one likes and what one dislikes is the disease of the mind."

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Osho is a contemporary mystic whose life and teachings have influenced millions of people of all ages, and from all walks of life. His often provocative and challenging teachings generate today more and more interest and his readership is dramatically expanding around the world in more than fifty languages. People can easily recognize the wisdom of his insights, and their relevance to our lives and to the issues we are facing today. The Sunday Times in London named Osho as one of the "1,000 Makers of the 20th Century". He is known around the world for his revolutionary contribution to meditation -- the science of inner transformation -- with the unique approach of his "OSHO Active Meditations" acknowledging the accelerated pace of contemporary life and bringing meditation into modern life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Osho Media International (11 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4GUTEU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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This is a great book, the most beautifully written book I have ever read, two enlightened masters, one was ancient Chan or Zen master Sosan (Seng Ts'an), and another is contemporary master Osho. You cannot find deeper and more concise teaching about the great Way than this book.
The first line is "The great way is not difficult", a great promise which banished the first barrier that prevents many people to embark on the Way to the enlightenment.
The more I read, more I feel that the seed of enlightenment is within ourselves and the practice can be carried out in our daily life wherever we live. As long as we persist to practice these two masters' teaching, we will experience the blissful moments as they had experienced. Reading this book is like two masters taking your hands and showing you the Way. You can walk onto it without fear.
I strongly recommend this book to those people who want to explore inner being but have no master to guide them.
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I have read other books with Zen koans before and I have been practising meditation for years now. I bought this book mostly because I was interested in the commentary to the poems presented at the beginning of each chapter. The author does a good job of explaining the Zen way of thinking (or non-thinking I should say) and I think his understanding goes fairly deeply. However, I would not recommend this book to a novice. Here is why:

I find it that the author strides away from Zen many times in this book and mixes the Zen philosophy with Hindu philosophy and with his own opinions *a lot*. There is nothing wrong with that I guess, if you are willing to listen to just another 'mystic' who is selling you 'the better way of living'. I also noticed an advertisement for some sort of retreat meditation camp that belongs to the author or his organisation at the back of them book. I consider this just wrong. In my opinion, commercialism should have nothing to do with a philosophy, especially one like Zen. Moreover, personal opinions like 'Westeners don't enjoy sex' or 'women will always chatter about nonsense when left alone' have nothing to do with Zen (as a philosophy of 'not-two', as the author himself describes it a number of times) and can even be insulting at the same time.

So, buy the book and read it for the *relevant* commentary but do not read it if you known nothing about Zen. Because ultimately, there is so much other stuff going on in this book and it's not always easy to tell what's what.
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this book is magical
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As described, arrived promptly - very happy!
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An amazing book!:)
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